Meet Mayor Tammy
Mayor Tammy de Weerd, a fourth-generation Idahoan, has served as the Mayor of Meridian since January of 2004. She has lived in Meridian and been an active volunteer in the community for more than two decades, serving the citizens of Meridian in an array of voluntary and elected capacities. She brings to the office extensive experience as an elected official, community advocate, civic volunteer, and businesswoman.
Prior to being elected as Mayor on November 3, 2003, Mayor Tammy was a charter member and first president of the Meridian Parks and Recreation Commission, and served two years on the Planning and Zoning Commission. She was then elected to the Meridian City Council in 1999. She served four years on Meridian City Council, two as Council President.
After taking office in January 2004, Mayor Tammy immediately went to work implementing priorities. “This is a time of new possibilities in the City of Meridian,” she said. Her list of goals include providing the best possible services to citizens; increasing citizen involvement and communication; preserving safety; expanding parks and recreational opportunities; advocating for transportation needs, and enhancing the City’s economic development efforts to provide jobs, diversity in housing, places to shop and top quality redevelopment of downtown Meridian.
During her tenure, Mayor Tammy and her leadership team have established policies and initiatives to improve the quality of life for all Meridian residents. She has united the leaders of business, education, youth and the faith community and, as a result, Meridian has received many national accolades. The city has been recognized by Newsweek as one of America’s “100 Best Places for Young People,” three times by CNN/Money as one of the “100 Best Places to Live,” and by Family Circle Magazine as one of the “10 Best Cities for Families.” Meridian has also been named five times as one of the nation’s “100 Best Communities for Young People” by the America’s Promise Alliance and ING, and received other national accolades.
While in office Mayor Tammy has served on a number of statewide organizations, regional boards and commissions, including president of the Association of Idaho Cities and chair of the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho. She is a strong advocate for regional solutions on a number of issues that challenge our valley – primarily transportation, economic development, drug prevention, and air quality.
Recognizing the city’s greatest asset – the talents of its people – she works along with the leaders of business, education, youth, seniors, and the faith community.
Mayor Tammy has been repeatedly recognized for her leadership roles and making a difference in the community. Tammy has been Kiwanian of the Year for the Meridian Kiwanis Club and Woman of the Year by Meridian Chamber of Commerce. In 2002, Governor Dirk Kempthorne recognized Tammy as Idaho’s first Individual “Brightest Star” for her efforts to build a better community for families and children. She has also received a number of awards and recognition for her work in substance abuse prevention and for engaging youth in city government.
Her vision and coalition-building skills reflect her commitment to active partnerships between government and the private sector. Tammy looks to the future, making decisions that continue to establish Meridian as a ‘premier place to live, work, and raise a family.’ “We are poised to climb new heights.” She believes, “Teamwork and partnerships are key to the City’s future.”
Tammy and her husband Jan have four children and several grandchildren.
Her professional and civic involvements include:
Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (board)
Idaho Meth Project (advisory board)
Urban Land Institute (member)
Ada City-County Emergency Management (board)
Meridian Chamber of Commerce (board)
Meridian Development Corporation (board)
Treasure Valley Partnership (board/chair)
Association of Idaho Cities (board/president)
Blueprint for Good Growth (member)
St. Luke’s Meridian/Eagle (advisory committee)
Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce (advisory board)
The CORE (founder/board)
Idaho Technology Council (board of trustees)
Allumbaugh House / JPE Detox & Mental Health Board (board)
Boys & Girls Club of Ada County (board)
Meridian Mayor’s Anti-Drug Coalition (founder/board)
Friends of Meridian Parks (founder/board)
Meridian’s Promise (founder/board)
Meridian Mayor’s Faith Advisory Council (founder/board)
Meridian Kiwanis (member)
Mayor Tammy has received the following honors:
1998 Woman of the Year by the Meridian Chamber of Commerce
2001 Kiwanian of the Year Award / George Hixon Fellow by Meridian Kiwanis
2002 Idaho’s first individual “Brightest Star” by Governor Dirk Kempthorne
2005 Woman of Today and Tomorrow by Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage
2006 Community Service Award – Region 4 – Idaho State Substance Abuse Executive Council
2006 Meridian Chamber of Commerce Presidents Award
2006 National Service to Youth Award by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
2008 Lions Club Community Service Award
2008 Lions Club Woman of the Year
2009 Starfish Award by Drug Free Idaho
2009 Outstanding Community Advocacy Award by Idaho Conference on Alcohol and Drug Dependency
2010 Idaho Business Review Women of the Year Award
2011 Meridian Chamber of Commerce Friend of Small Business Award
2011 NAWBO Business Woman of the Year for Leadership
2013 Idaho Women’s Journal Who’s Who of Idaho Women
2014 Elected Woman of Excellence by the National Foundation for Women Legislators
2015 Youth Advocate of the Year by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association
2015 Community Champion by Molina Healthcare
2015 Inductee into the Leadership Hall of Fame by the Meridian Chamber
2016 Economic Impact Award Recipient from Leadership Boise
2016 Lights on After School Champion from the Idaho After School Network
2017 Elected Women of Excellence by the National Foundation for Women Legislators
2017 Harold Hurst Award - “Outstanding service to the Association of Idaho Cities”
2018 Women of the Year by the Idaho Business Review
During Mayor Tammy’s tenure, the Meridian area has been named:
#1 Place to Live in America - 24/7 Wall Street and USA Today (2015, #2 in 2016)
#1 Best Place to Live in Idaho - Money Magazine (2017)
Top 25 Most Livable Cities in America - 24/7 Wall Street and USA Today (2017)
Safest Cities in Idaho (repeat winner)
America’s Promise list of “100 Best Places for Young People” (repeat winner)
Money Magazine’s list of “100 Best U.S. Places to Live” (repeat winner)
Forbes Magazine’s list of “Top U.S. Cities to Start a High-Tech Firm”
Inc. Magazine’s list of “Best Places for Doing Business in America”
Forbes Magazine’s list as “#1 City for Business and Careers”
Farmers Insurance Group “Most Secure U.S. Places to Live” (repeat winner)
Meridian has also earned multiple City Achievement Awards from the Association of Idaho Cities and several awards from the Idaho Recreation and Park Association. The city has albo consistently earns annual designations as a “Tree CityUSA” by the Arbor Day Foundation and as an IdahoHeritage City.
2016 Elected Women of Excellence Award Recipient from the National Foundation for Women Legislators.
Jan & Tammy de Weerd & (left to right) RoAnne, Tara, Bart and Janelle